Scotland centre Tom Philip escapedpunishment by a Six Nations disciplinary panel here Thursday even though they ruledthat his high tackle on Ireland captain Brian O'Driscoll in last weekend'sclash was dangerous. But the fact that no ban has been imposed means Philip is clear toplay for Edinburgh in their European Cup quarter-final against French holdersToulouse on April 10. Philip's challenge on O'Driscoll took place during Ireland's 37-16Triple Crown clinching win here at Lansdowne Road on Saturday, a result that condemned Scotland to the wooden spoon after they lost all five oftheir Six Nations games this season. However, the incident was missed by match officials and promptedIreland chiefs, whose side finished second in the table behind Grand-Slam
winners France, to cite Philip. But, after meeting on Wednesday, a disciplinary committeecomprising of Paul Mauriac (France), Terry Vaux (Wales) and former England propJeff Probyn said in a statement issued Thursday they did not believe a suspensionwas justified as the incident was only worth a yellow card. "The committee upheld the citing complaint and judged that,although the tackle was considered dangerous within the meaning of Law 10.4. (e),they believed that the tackle was made recklessly rather than withintent," the statement said. "In our view, referees deal with this type of tackle byissuing a yellow card. In such circumstances, we do not feel that any suspension wouldbe appropriate."
Irish Rugby TV caught up with flanker Sean O'Brien to get his reaction following Ireland's hard-earned 13-9 victory over RBS 6 Nations champions England. He singled out man-of-the-match Peter O'Mahony for special praise.
Peter O'Mahony reflects on what went wrong for Ireland in Cardiff and tells Irish Rugby TV that he is focusing on the squad and their work this week ahead of the final Six Nations game against England.
The Ireland squad paid a visit to Monaghan last week and held an open training session in Monaghan RFC. We spoke to Andrew Trimble after the session which was attended by over 2,000 cheering supporters.
Keith Earls notched up two tries against Italy on Saturday - he has now scored five in his last four matches for Ireland. We spoke to him pitchside immediately after Ireland's 63-10 RBS 6 Nations victory.
Winger Eimear Considine, who won her first cap, and number 8 and captain Paula Fitzpatrick look forward to the second round of the Women's Six Nations and Ireland's clash with Italy in L'Aquila on Sunday (kick-off 1pm local time/12pm Irish time).
The Ireland Women and Under-20s scored dramatic late wins over their Scottish counterparts as part of a double header at Broadwood Stadium. Go behind the scenes on a rain-swept night in Cumbernauld with Irish Rugby TV.
Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt praised the squad's 'immense character' following the 27-24 GUINNESS Series success against Australia. Meanwhile, captain Rory Best reflects on 'an emotional day' as he made his 100th appearance for his country.